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Johnny Hellweg Struggles In Second Start In Milwaukee Brewers Organization

Johnny Hellweg made his second start in the Milwaukee Brewers organization on Monday night -- the same night that the Brewers recalled Jean Segura from AA to start at shortstop in Milwaukee.

Hellweg, who was traded to Milwaukee with Segura and Ariel Pena in exchange for Zack Greinke, struggled mightily in his second start in AA for the Brewers. Hellweg lasted five innings and only gave up three runs on five hits, but he walked seven and struck out just three.

In 129 and 2/3 innings in AA between two organizations, Hellweg has issued 69 free passes and has only struck out 98. To Hellweg's credit, he's only given up 111 hits in those innings.

Still, it's tough to consider Hellweg an excellent prospect. There's no doubting that his stuff is electric, but the soon-to-be 24 year old will have to establish better command, otherwise he'll likely end up as a reliever.

Though Segura, Hellweg and Pena were undoubtedly three of Los Angeles' top prospects, there's little doubting that the Angels paid a more-than-fair price in exchange for one of the best pitchers in baseball.

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